Anxiety Project - Australian Photographer of the Year 2015 - Entry 2
Anxiety has become a quiet 'epidemic' of the 21st century. The statistics for anxiety seem to be varied, perhaps affected by apprehension from those with anxiety to talk openly about their experience. The six people in this 'study' have opened themselves up to the public. They believe raising awareness will help others talk about anxiety, and for some, having their experience visualised has helped them understand themselves a little better. The power of an image opens up a dialogue that in some ways is like opening a door.
Each photo in this series is constructed completely in camera, with minimal post production. I listened the stories of each person and created an image that best represented where they are with their journey at this point in time. I find hearing about the different experiences fascinating. Maybe because I also experience anxiety, having suffered a lot more in the past than I do now, but I remember clearly how bad it felt when it was at it's worst. I can empathise.
I AM FIGHTING
I AM HELPLESS
I AM HAPPY
I AM OVERWHELMED
I AM TRAPPED
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